The Train Collector Association's mission is to develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history-Tinplate Toy Trains- through research, education, community outreach, fellowship, establishment of collecting standards, and to promote the growth and enjoyment of collecting and operating toy, model, and scale trains.
Welcome to the 63rd National TCA Convention! The last time the event was in the Pittsburgh area (Monroeville) was the 50th Anniversary which was held in 2004. The city is continually being recongized by travel professionals as a must-see destination. Most recently, Harper's Bazaar named Pittsburgh one of the "Best Places to Travel in 2017".
A mid-sized city with a small-town feel, Pittsburgh is a place you will remember. While in Pittsburgh, we encourage you to set aside some time to take in the city sights. Experience the friendliness and pride of the people here, and the energy and culture of the city. Pittsburgh has plenty of wonderful activities to satisfy any traveler's interest: outdoor adventures, professional sports, historical sites, a thriving cultural district, and some of the country's finest architecture.
Please join other TCA National Convention attendees on one of the customized tours that are being offered throughtout the conference. Please click HERE for a detail list of all expereinces that were created just for you!
You can go back in time and experience five billion years of the Earth's history and 250+ years of Pittsburgh's history at such locations as Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Fort Pitt Museum and the Senator John Heinz History Center. From the museum with the world's third largest dinosaur repository to the first shots fired during the French & Indian War, the region's history museums bring the past to life. Or, ride the 137-year-old Duquesne incline up to its Observation Deck to see what USA Today Weekend Magazine calls one of the "10 most beautiful views in America". Historical exhibits in the waiting room entertain between rides.
However you like to roll, Pittsburgh is sure to have the sightseeing option for you. By land or water, on four wheels or two, walk or Segway, tour and enjoy the sights of the city. Tag along with knowledgeable guides for free architectural walking tours of Downtown, or take one the many culinary tours of Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods.
Go on a sightseeing trip by trolley, by sternwheeler or by WWII amphibious vehicle with Just Ducky Tours! Take a trip back in time and see how the steel industry played a major role in shaping the economy and the culture of Pittsburgh's "Steel Valley." Don't miss the new movie location tour and find out why Pittsburgh is called "Hollywood of the East."
Whether your passion is visual or performing arts (or both!) you will be overwhelmed by the choices in theaters, galleries, public art installations and the museum dedicated to the Prince of Pop, The Andy Warhol Museum.
An oasis in the heart of Downtown, the 14-square-block Cultural District demonstrates the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's commitment to the arts. The world class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall performs classical, Pops and children's concerts.The Benedum Center stages performances by Pittsburgh CLO, PNC Broadway Across America, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera and more. The Pittsburgh Public Theatre produces 200+ performances in the intimate O'Reilly Theater. The Harris Theater features the best in indenpendent, foreign and classical films.
The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh's Museum of Contemporary Art, presents site-specific installations that are not to be missed! And, why not try your hand at making art at The Pittsburgh Glass Center which offers glass art classes for beginners, experts and everyone in between. Also, be sure to check out all the public art spaces around the city.
Pittsburgh is the place for sports fans! Come see for yourself why Sporting News magazine awarded Pittsburgh the coveted "Best Sports City" title and why the USA TODAY 10 Best Reader's Choice poll named Pittsburgh as one of the winner's of the "Best City for Sports" travel award.
If it's action you want, this city has it covered with the best of football, baseball, hockey and more. Grab your Terrible Towel and tour Heinz field to see where the six-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers play. Head to CONSOL Energy Center and tour the venue where the Penguins take the ice. The Pirates make a perfect summer night complete as you watch the game from PNC Park, rated by Travel & Leisure as the "best baseball stadium in America!" Or, take in pro soccer's Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the new multi-sport Highmark Stadium on the river near Station Square. Join the "Steel Army," the loudest group of fans in the United Soccer League as they cheer on their team!
Don't just take our word for it! Pittsburgh is celebrated as the 5th Best City for an active lifestyle as named by WalletHub and our spectacular Downtown riverfronts have been named the #5 in the Best American Riverfronts list by USA Today's 10 Best poll.
Make sure to stop by Point State Park located at the tip of Pittsburgh's "Golden Traingle." It is located at the confluence of three rivers and is where all outdoor activities are viewable. In addition, the park commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War. You will also see here The Three Rivers Heritage Trail which is a multi-use riverfront trail system. This 24-mile nonlinear trail has segments on both banks of Pittsburgh's three rivers with access to city neighborhoods, business districts, and local attractions. The trail promotes a healthy lifestyle, is popular for recreation, and provides a safe route for commuters.